Supports for Students

Supports for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The DSS has an advisor specifically to support students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Darrelle Keegan is the staff member assigned to support Deaf/Hard of Hearing students and is available to meet current and prospective students to address any concerns or answer any queries the students may have. As an advisor, Darrelle’s role is to meet and register the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student with the Disability Support Service.  Once a student is registered a needs assessment is carried out and this will determine the academic support the student will need in 3rd Level.  The objective of the programme is to provide appropriate supports that will empower students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and enable them to achieve their academic potential while in UCC.

For more information please contact Darrelle on:

Text: +353 (0)87 9150697
Phone: +353 (0)21 4902985

Educational Supports


Notetakers are contracted, where possible for students with disabilities who encounter serious difficulties in recording lecture notes. Many lecturers now post their lecture notes on the Intranet. This system is called 'Blackboard'. To Login to 'Blackboard' type Please note that the allocation of a note-taker depends on the results of the needs assessment that is carried out.

Electronic note-takers using VCN software or Speed Text facilitate students in lectures.

Alternative Exam Arrangements

End of Semester Examinations

Students with disabilities may avail of alternative exam arrangements if this support is deemed necessary as part of the student’s needs assessment.

Any examination support which may be required by an individual student must be agreed, as part of a needs assessment with a Disability Advisor early in the academic year. You are advised to meet your advisor to discuss your needs.

Alternative examinations arrangements for end of semester 1 exams must be finalised early October each academic year and for end of Semester 2 exams, arrangements need to be finalised by the end of January . Arrangements cannot be made/changed after these dates.


In Class Examinations

If you have in class examinations during the course of the semester, you may be able to use the exam arrangements granted to you for these exams, although arrangements are generally not put in place for MCQ exams. Please complete the In-Class Exams Form a week ahead of the scheduled exam and return it to your Disability Advisor. Late applicaitons unfortunately cannot be processed.


Alternative Exam Forms

In-Term Exams Form

Applying for Funding


The Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The Fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability.

Eligible students can receive assistance from the Fund from PLC level right up to doctoral level. You do not have to be in first year of a course to be eligible to apply for the Fund. Application for the first time can be made during any year of study on an approved course at further or higher education level.

Applications to the Fund are made on behalf of an eligible student by their college following an assessment of need. Applications cannot be made directly to the Fund by students. Colleges are also responsible for the management of the funding approved for eligible students.Applicants to the Fund for Students with Disabilities are not means-tested. A minimum age for application applies, however. Students with disabilities enrolled in part-time courses, access or foundation courses in higher education institutions or short courses are not eligible for consideration under the Fund.

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Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant. Please note that due to the high demand expected for the fund, the amounts awarded may vary downwards from previous years.

Further information and advice is available at the following website:

If you are encountering financial difficulty, please contact the Budgetary Advisor, Evan Healy

Disability Support Service

Seirbhís Tacaíochta do Dhaoine faoi Mhíchumas

South Lodge, UCC, College Road, Cork